Duncey’s Caps, Inc. hired Bud Dunop as its new human resources manager for 2018. Bud quickly determined that Duncey’s needed a formal employee policy handbook. Included within the handbook was an arbitration agreement requiring employees to arbitrate all claims against Duncey’s relating to the employee’s employment.
Bud then held training and review sessions with all Duncey’s employees. At the end of each session, each Duncey’s employee was required to log into a computer with their own self-created password. Once logged in, the employee was given the opportunity to fully review the handbook and the arbitration agreement. The employee was then required to click a box stating that he or she “acknowledges” receiving and reviewing the handbook, and that by clicking the box they “agreed” to abide by the handbook and the arbitration agreement. The employee was then required to enter their initials and click “submit.”
A few weeks later, one of Duncey’s employees who electronically acknowledged the handbook was injured on the job. The employee filed a lawsuit. Will Duncey’s be able to get this lawsuit sent to arbitration?
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